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Topic: Boyfriend Bag - Ugly Leather Jacket has a new life!  (Read 4452 times)
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« on: July 02, 2012 11:14:47 AM »

So my boyfriend was in need of a messenger-style bag for school, to carry around textbooks and his laptop. Found one for a good price, buuuut it wouldn't fit his laptop. And was faux leather, which is just not the way we roll. Real leather all the way.

So he asked nicely if I thought I'd be able to make one. Naturally I took on the challenge.

I found this x-large genuine leather jacket/trench coat at Value Village for $8. Its a gorgeous colour, a nice rich dark brown, so dark its almost black. Little bit of mottling, and super soft. So I gutted the jacket (which is a disgusting task for those who like to rip apart pre-owned jackets), and took a look at what I had to work with. The chest part of the jacket had some zippers, which I kept, they are the slightly diagonal zips on the back of the bag. I didn't want the main zipper of the jacket to be included in the back of the bag, so I carefully cut it out and reassembled.

I used a belt that he had and no longer wore because it broke, but it matched the leather perfectly. Had some black 1.5" strapping kicking around with the adjuster, incorporated that as well. The length of the strap can be adjusted in two ways.

Because it was primarily meant to be a laptop bag, the bag itself needed protection. A lot of bags have a neoprene type of casing incorporated into the bag, so I waltzed over to Dollarama and managed to find two thinner neoprene laptop cases for $2 each. Those are now part of the laptop portion of the bag.

Some things didn't line up properly, but meh, good enough. He's happy with it, so I am.





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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2012 12:01:13 PM »

 Shocked I'd be please with myself, too!!! That is some majorly ingenious construction/materials-usage!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2012 05:24:56 PM »

You are one creative girlfriend!!  What ingenuity.
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sewfumust
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2012 03:21:51 PM »

That's great recycling!  He'll enjoy it for a long time.  By the way, my VV would never sell a leather coat at that price.
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karindanielle
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2012 01:53:29 PM »

I'm impressed by what you did with an old leather jacket.  It looks so professional. Well done.
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TheDaytimeHeroes
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012 05:04:37 PM »

Thanks everyone!

That's great recycling!  He'll enjoy it for a long time.  By the way, my VV would never sell a leather coat at that price.

I found it incredibly unusual to sell a genuine leather coat at that price too, but there were a few slashes here and there in the leather. I managed to just work around them.
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chezlin
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012 12:08:46 PM »

Wow this is great! Really well done. I love using old leather jackets to make awesome bags!
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csnicole
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2012 04:09:22 PM »

Awesome! I love this! Makes me want to run out and get a old leather jacket and make my own! But mine wouldn't look as nice as yours!
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alexxxx
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2012 04:34:14 PM »

AMAZING JOB! very original
I love working with old leather jackets they have so much character Smiley


I hope your boyfriend appreciates it
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katyfox
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2012 08:38:56 AM »

This is awesome. What a lucky boyfriend!
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« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2012 08:15:37 AM »

Wow, that is gorgeous. Did you sew it on a household machine?
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2012 04:57:52 PM »

Beautiful work.  The inside looks fantastic. 
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2012 05:43:37 AM »

That is pretty fricken awesome! Great job
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« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2013 10:16:31 AM »

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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2013 05:45:45 AM »

I would have hold on to this for myself!
Excellent idea and result!
Congrats for the best of 2012 win!
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2013 05:57:13 AM »

Hi, I found your bag on the PWB featured post, and just had to come over and tell you how cool I think it is. I love that you used an old piece of clothing and kept and used the features of it. Very creative and what a great end product.
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